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Hospital staff want to park for free while they work

It seems that Lismore Base isn’t the only hospital whose workers would like to park their cars for free while they work.

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Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

Praying for Vanuatu in Ballina

The World Day of Prayer is a gigantic ecumenical event staged on the first Friday of March.

Resilience through biodiversity and awareness

The Byron Shire Resilience and Regeneration Roadshow will be in Brunswick Heads this Saturday, as part of a series of events across the region tackling the question: ‘How do we create more resilient communities in 2021?’

Research takes the vegan option to a new level

A project by Flinders University will see their Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development fishing for new vegan ideas.

Will Ballina Council live up to its promise?

A motion from Cr Jeff Johnson to be tabled at Ballina Shire Council's meeting this week will ask the council to live up to its promise to act on the climate emergency, and divest from fossil fuel investments.

Will the Lennox Park pavilion survive?

Ballina Shire Council will today debate the future of the Lennox Park pavilion/dressing shed, which is slated for removal as part of the Lennox Village Vision concept plan.

March 28, 2018

Issue 32.42

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In this Issue:

Vale Bill Snow, subversive BUGA UP graffiti artist

Bill Snow was a dedicated campaigner for peace and the environment but was best known as one of the founders of BUGA UP (Billboard Utilising Graffitists Against Unhealthy Promotions), a movement that used witty and subversive graffiti to expose the glossy falsehoods of powerful corporations.


Toxic masculinity, terror and Tim Winton

It’s been five years since Winton’s last narrative offering. His latest book The Shepherd’s Hut is a stunning meditation on masculinity and power, violence and self-restraint, and on forgiveness and kindness as ultimate acts of love.


Interview: Amaru Pumak Kuntur at Spirit Festival.

Peru’s Got Talent Blending a mix of Spanish and Qechua vocals, Peruvian music masters Amaru Pumak Kuntur present their message from the mountain at Spirit Festival. How has Peru and the Inca trilogy influenced you work? The trilogy of the Serpent, Puma...


Cinema Review: Tomb Raider

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ndhidEmUbI From memory, Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft in earlier Tomb Raider movies (2001, 2003) exploited womanly sexuality, whereas this new presentation of the character is all about skimpily clad girl power. Lara (Alicia Vikander) first appears on the scene practising...


Culture Roundup for the Weeks Ahead: March 28, 2018

Roundup of cutural events for the weeks ahead


Last chance to have your say on Byron’s massive new suburb

With public submissions closing tomorrow (March 29) for a massive new suburb in Byron Bay, local state Greens MP Tamara Smith delivered 76 West Byron public submissions to Byron Shire Council on Friday.


Large camping ground proposed near Mullumbimby

A 239-lot camping ground, along with 270 parking spaces, associated shower/toilet blocks, 12 tourist cabins, a yoga ‘temple’ and day spa facilities are all proposed for 1897 Coolamon Scenic Drive, just north of Mullumbimby.


Barrio’s operating hours spark council confusion

Confusion remains within Byron Shire Council as to whether multiple changes to the Habitat DA were to blame for its Sunrise cafe and restaurant being granted a midnight operating licence but councillors believe noise issues at the site can be dealt with.


Music Roundup: 28 March, 2018

A Roundup of this weeks up and coming music events in Byron Shire and beyond.


Cinema Review: Mary Magdalene

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x18fgYITXwc The rule of thumb for Biblical pics says that believers will love them and those not persuaded will jeer. As an atheist, I have a perverse fascination with them, so strong were the stories imprinted on my childhood imagination...


Interview: Bart Stenhouse

Accomplished Australian world fusion guitarist Bart Stenhouse is joined by renowned Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco Heredia in a very special concert that sees the two embark on a 19-date national tour. Bart spoke with The Echo about the musical...


Mandy Nolans Soapbox: West We Forget

If the West Byron development goes ahead the Byron that you know, the Byron that we love, is dead. Murder. In plain daylight. Except this murder has been calculated, financed and sanctioned by the state. Allowing development at West Byron...


Pioneering wholesome community catering

It’s Wednesday lunchtime and the tables at the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre are covered in plates of delicious vegetable pot pie. About 80 hungry locals are tucking in, chatting happily as bowls of dessert begin to emerge from the kitchen.


Dispatch from Byron Council trenches, March 22

Byron Shire Council deliberated, debated and voted for a whole ten hours last Thursday, possibly chalking up another record for the state of NSW. To be fair, they could have saved an hour if they had eliminated that pesky morning public-access business.


Market site referred to EPA

The Butler Street location of Byron’s markets has been reported to the NSW Environment Protection Authority following recently raised concerns about contamination at the former tip site. 


Solar train case dropped

Byron's solar train appears to have cruised clear of its legal difficulties after a local residents’ group withdrew proceedings against the operators of the service.


Legions of newness at The Bolt Hole

The Bolt Hole opened its ‘church door’ just over two years ago and, as promised, has become the evening place of refuge for many. Always looking to new trends and ideas, there is much newness to celebrate during an Easter-weekend-long...


Love Byron: crêperie and chocolate boutique

Byron’s unique crêperie and chocolate boutique offers what owner Alison Campbell says is ‘the largest range of chocolate in Australia’, as well as French-inspired crêpes made fresh from the takeaway crêperie. While your sweet, savoury, vegan or gluten-free crêpe is...


Harvest Food Festival 3 – 6 May 2018

Over four glorious days in May, this year’s Harvest Food Festival will be a great opportunity for you to sample local food, beverages, culinary surprises and wonderful company as you explore some of our region’s finest offerings. One of the...


Spreading Branches

The Branches has been growing in the two+ years since ‘Mullumbimby’s biggest little coffee roaster’ opened. Located in the Mullum Industrial Estate (the one off Mullumbimby Road on the way towards the coast), owners Pat Solwyn and Tamara Head say...


Six Beez junior basketball teams hit the representative circuit

A high level of interest and talent means the Byron Bay Beez junior basketball has entered six teams into this year’s Waratah representative league. Boy and girl teams will compete in U/14, U/16 and U/18 competitions. Round 1 has been finalised...


Byron Bay XI declared joint premiers after final washed out

The Byron Bay L J Hooker second grade XI became joint major premiers of the 2017/18 Coastal League Competition, sharing this honour with Cudgen cricket club after a rain–affected grandfinal played at Norm Rabjones Oval in Murwillumbah last Saturday. Joint...


Locals in the lineup for the Bells Beach pro event

Mikey McDonagh from Lennox Head has been given a great opportunity with a berth in the Rip Curl Men’s Trials being held at Bells Beach prior to the Rip Curl Pro. If he goes on to win his event he...


Local soccer teams ready to contest ANZAC Cup B-final

Shores United won through to the ANZAC CUP B final after a clinical display at home playing Goonellabah last Sunday. After a tough 1–1 draw to Dunoon the week before, the Shores boys needed to win. They did this in style...


Triathletes keep winning form at Kingscliff

The True Wheel Cycles triathlon team has kept its string of success going after taking out second place in the Olympic distance mixed-team event at Kingscliff Triathlon earlier this month. They were up against twenty other mixed teams and also...


International Women’s Day kerfuffle at Ballina

One councillor walked out of Ballina Council's recent meeting during an emotional discussion about speakers at an upcoming IWD event.

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Ahoy m’hearties young and old in Bangalow

‘Ahoy m’hearties’ was the catchcry at Bangalow Parklands on Saturday afternoon during the Connecting Generations Pirate Party.

Blue-green algae amber alert still active at Uki

Last Thursday Tweed Shire Council issued an amber alert for blue-green algae in the Tweed River at Uki, with Clarrie Hall Dam remaining on a green alert. This morning they say the alerts are still active.